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Title: Hundreds of firefighters, backed up by emergency military personnel and 31 planes and helicopters, continue to battle a huge blaze near Marbella
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Hundreds of firefighters, backed up by emergency military personnel and 31 planes and helicopters, continue to battle a huge blaze near Marb...


Hundreds of firefighters, backed up by emergency military personnel and 31 planes and helicopters, continue to battle a huge blaze near Marbella, famous for its up-market hotels and villas and a favourite haunt of wealthy foreigners. Spanish media reported that the fires had been brought under control, but fire service officials told the BBC that some pockets were still causing problems. The body of an elderly man was found at Las Blanquillas near Ojen on Friday. Rescue workers were said to be searching for his wife. A couple in their late fifties were taken to hospital with 60% burns. People were evacuated from near Marbella, Ojen and a camp site at Alpujata. The Costa del Sol is one of Spain's most popular holiday destinations and home to a large British expatriate community. The British embassy said it was working closely with the Spanish authorities and consular staff were deployed to assist those affected. "I woke up to the smell of smoke... we started running" The fire started on Thursday afternoon in the Sierra Negra area of Coin, near Malaga and has now affected an area of some 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres). Part of the AP-7 highway was cut temporarily, but other roads are unaffected. Much of Spain's countryside was left tinder-dry this summer by a prolonged heatwave. There have been major wildfires in northern Catalonia - near the Pyrenees - and on La Gomera, in the Canary Islands.

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